Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to have health insurance coverage?
- All domestic undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled for 8 credit hours or more on the main BGSU campus.
- All international students who are registered for one credit hour or more, including students registered for co-ops, internships and dissertations.
Where can I go for help?
Contact the Student Insurance Office at 419-372-7495, visit our office at 170 Health Center Building located within the Student Health Service, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I waive the BGSU-offered Student Insurance Plan, can I still use the Student Health Service?
Yes, all currently registered students taking one or more credit hours are eligible for services at the Student Health Service.
I'm young and healthy, isn't this a waste of money?
It's common to believe people of college age do not get sick. The reality is, they can, and when it does happen it can be quite costly. College students need health insurance to protect them physically and financially from the consequences of an unanticipated serious illness.
What if I'm only taking 6 credit hours, but need insurance?
Anyone registered for 5, 6 or 7 credit hours during open enrollment time-frames can voluntarily purchase the student insurance program. Please contact the Student Insurance Office for more information.
What if I'm registering for classes after the insurance deadline?
For Graduate Students: Because you are not registered for classes, the health insurance requirement will not apply. Once you are registered for 8 or more credit hours, you will see that the health insurance requirement is on your MyBGSU To Do List at this point you will be able to complete the waiver or enrollment process. Rest assured the deadline will be extended for all students' that register later than the established insurance deadline. There will be no fees on student accounts for the health insurance requirement until after your class registration and you will have ample time to complete the waiver or enrollment process.
We will meet with you at your SOAR (or GSO) Orientation, We are available during your orientation in the morning from 7:00 am until 8:15 and our office is open that afternoon if you have any questions.
For International Students: A representative from the Student insurance Office will meet with all newly arriving International students on one of their first days at BGSU. We explain the health insurance enrollment and the health insurance policy and also provide them with a temporary health insurance card. There is no penalty or additional charge for completing the enrollment after the deadline.
Can my spouse/children be covered under the BGSU-offered Student Insurance Plan?
Yes. Please visit the Student Insurance Office at 170 Health Center Building to complete a Dependent Enrollment Form.
What does my insurance cover if I am treated at the Student Health Service?
Please refer to Benefits at a Glance.
Student Insurance Office
Suite 202, Falcon Health Center
Bowling Green, OH 43402
The Student Insurance Office has moved to the 2nd floor of the new Falcon Health Center facility, Suite 202